Authorities act to further ensure road safety for passenger transport

09:21, June 30, 2011      

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Authorities plan to further improve road safety for passenger transport, according to a government circular jointly issued by the State Administration of Work Safety, the Ministry of Transport, and the Ministry of Public Security.

The three central government departments will task investigators to study road safety from July to September, according to the circular.

In April, the authorities launched a nationwide road-safety campaign, and according to the circular it has been successful in its initial stage.

So far, the campaign has reduced the number of road accidents and the death toll by 12 percent and 9.7 percent, respectively, compared with the same period from last year. Also, the number of major traffic accidents dropped by five, down 83.3 percent.

According to the circular, authorities will work even harder to improve road order, standardize the operation of passenger-shipping companies, monitor the movements of passenger cars, make a comprehensive effort in cracking down on hidden problems in cargo transport, and make road transport companies more disciplined.

In 2010, China witnessed a 35.9 percent rise in the number of road accidents, which left 65 people dead, 254,075 injured and caused a direct financial loss of 930 million yuan (145 million U.S. dollars).

Source: Xinhua
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